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Old 01-16-2019, 08:47 AM   #1
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All purpose hunting load?

My favorite spot for squirrels also has plenty of ducks and a few geese. Recently switched to steel #4's so we can put some wood ducks in the pot the next time they buzz us. Federal Fast Steel #4's.

So I need a load that is both legal and ethical to use on most waterfowl, good for small game, and economical. Ideally less than 50 cents per cartridge. What would be your preference?
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:56 AM   #2
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That would be tough when you throw in geese and under $.50/each; maybe if you reload?
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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Let's say excluding geese then, except at very close range. Are the federal speed shocks as good as I can get in the price range? What if I can find them in #2 steel?
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That I can't help you with, but I am sure there are a few others here who can.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:06 PM   #5
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In hindsight 50 cents a shell is way too optimistic. Ya'll tried to tell me.

Now I am looking for lead BB loads. Hard to find.

Reloading is out of the question. I don't have the money or even the time.

I just want to find some lead BB loads under $1 a piece. That would work on everything I might find hunting ACoE lakes.

Also, any opinions on the limits of #2 shot? Some places that is the largest shot you can legally shoot.
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Originally Posted by regularguy11B View Post
In hindsight 50 cents a shell is way too optimistic. Ya'll tried to tell me.

Now I am looking for lead BB loads. Hard to find.

Reloading is out of the question. I don't have the money or even the time.

I just want to find some lead BB loads under $1 a piece. That would work on everything I might find hunting ACoE lakes.

Also, any opinions on the limits of #2 shot? Some places that is the largest shot you can legally shoot.
Lead BB size is hard to find because lead shot of any size is illegal for waterfowl anywhere in the US.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:15 PM   #7
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Fine with me. My main purpose for lead BB loads is to cover everything else!
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:19 PM   #8
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For dove and quail-sized birds; 8s early, 7.5s late; for pigeon/chukar sized birds, 7.5s early, 6s late. For squirrels and rabbits, 6s; for pheasant and similar sized birds, 6s early (with dog), and 5s or even 4s late or no dog
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